Phara L. Morame is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who joined Monarch Wellness in 2018 with a focus on individuals in their later stages of life. Although southwest Florida is known as a haven for older adults/geriatrics, Phara understands the challenges individuals in assisted living facilities may face to meet their mental and emotional health needs. Working in partnership with a clinical treatment team, Phara provides services to older individuals in Collier County and the surrounding areas in the comfort of their assisted living facility. In addition to geriatrics, she also specializes in marital and pre-marital counseling.
Phara earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University in 2011 and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids MI in 2006. She has practiced in Michigan as well as Florida. In addition, she has earned her Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional in 2016 demonstrating expertise in treating substance use disorders. Her professional experience includes working with older adults/geriatrics, adolescents, young adults and families in outpatient, home-based, and residential settings. She has also worked with refugees from Eastern Europe and other parts of the world. She provides community presentations on various topics including age-related adjustments, graceful aging, self-harm, depression and anxiety, and the impact of substance use disorder and interventions.
Phara is also trained to provide Bariatric surgery evaluations. She understands the potential effects ( pre and post) it can have on individuals seeking that kind of treatment/ procedure and is able and willing to complete pre and post bariatric surgery evaluations and counseling.
Hernán Pinilla is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern, available for counseling in Spanish and English. He sees adults, teens, and children 8 years old and up. Hernan offers individual, couples, and family therapy. He enjoys helping clients work through stress/anxiety, depression, adjustment (grief/loss, divorce, illness), marital issues, substance abuse and emotional trauma.
Hernán earned his degree in Psychology in Colombia, his country of origin in 1995. In 2012, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Prior to completing his MSW degree, he worked in various positions including; Case manager at Catholic Charities, for The Career Laddering Program and Refugee Resettlement Program, Advocacy Counselor for Project Help, and Services Coordinator Early Steps. Since graduating from FGCU, Hernan served as a Clinician for two intensive Children’s programs at David Lawrence Center. In addition, he has worked at Avow Hospice as a Social Service Coordinator. Hernán has been employed as an outpatient therapist at the Family Counseling Center of Catholic Charities since 2016.
Hernan has a wide range of experiences in working with children, adults and seniors in both English and Spanish. His vast experience includes multiple modalities of treatment including individual, couple, family and group. Hernan has provided therapy in various settings including on-site in the Collier County Public Schools, in homes, the office and in the Collier County Juvenile Detention Center. Although Hernan is not a faith base trained therapist, he is a devout Christian Catholic and he is extremely receptive to utilizing the clients’ spiritual and religious beliefs and practices upon their request as part of their treatment.
We are a private practice offering therapy services for children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Bringing serenity to our community by empowering each individual to reach their fullest potential. Healing. Hope. Wellness.